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Winter has come to Sunderland again, with no sign of the unusually harsh (some now say supernatural) conditions of last year. Light and warmth
fill the cobbled streets of Palisade, the frosty air is redolent with the smell of plum puddings baking and mulled wine stewing, and the snow that
dusts the city's shingled roofs looks like powdered sugar on the tops of pastries. The winter solstice is fast approaching, and this year more
than ever before people are reviving the old tradition of leaving offerings every day leading up to the longest night of the year. An atmosphere of
relief and merriment pervades Palisade that hasn't been felt in Sunderland in months; if only it would last...

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1. Event introduction
2. Daily offerings: December 14 to 25
3. Noble house contest: December 14 to 24
4. Solstice grams: December 14 to 23
5. Damoiselle auction: December 16 to 22
6. Winter wonderland flatsale: December 19
7. Feline fancy flaffle: December 20
8. Advertising contest: December 14 to 22

Unless otherwise stated, each event ends at 11:59 PM EST.
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December 14 - 25

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umbrology unedited totem

The celebratory atmosphere in Palisade this year is infectious. Those who can't make the journey to the Wardwood leave colorful ribbons tied to their
doors and bowls of fresh milk on their stoops as offerings. Once set out in fear to ward away the evil attentions of spirits, offerings now increasingly
function as tokens of gratitude for what will soon be an entire year of peace. What if the Wolves have left to return to the frozen north, or to harry
some other poor nation instead? What if Gwyn was never real to begin with, just an illusory figment of drunken masquerade-goers' imaginations?
These cheerful doubts, and more, begin to circulate throughout the city.

We will be giving away free pets and accessories every day through Christmas. The images below will update when a new prize appears in-thread!

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December 14 - 24

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amorpheous amorpheous amorpheous amorpheous

Lineage is everything among Sunderland's nobility; some ancient and prestigious noble houses can even trace their ancestry back to the War of Flowers.
But something strange is happening to this family—multiple members are being chosen, throwing the house's steadfast traditions into disarray. Who are
they? How are they coping with this disaster (or blessing)? This is a noble house concept contest. The winning partners will receive their pick of the
above guardians, and will be able to give away the rest to friends if there are any left over. Click the preview image to enter in the guild!
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December 14 - 23

Plum pudding is a favorite dessert in Sunderland, especially during the winter months. But something's running off with the raspberry garnishes...
These grams will grow into a new companion pet species on Christmas Eve. While they won't certable, you can roleplay them like normal companions.
Check the grams thread in the guild for availability! It will periodically open and close as we fill orders.

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Solstice grams have grown!

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piebaldgoldenalbino

While still considered pests by many, mice that have been affected by the magic of the Wardwood make highly affectionate pets; they are also notably more intelligent than ordinary mice, able to learn their names, respond to a wide range of commands, and accumulate an almost unlimited repertoire of tricks. These mice appear to be seeking shelter from the winter cold...
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December 16 - 22

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umbrology unedited totem grimalkin

Someone must have paid a fortune for this dainty damoiselle's winter finery: a velvet cape trimmed with rabbit's fur and ribbons.
Heads turn as she trots through the snow-dusted streets of Palisade... but who is her mystery benefactor?

This auction has a starting bid of 50k and minimum increment of 10k
Payment is taken in gold only—please only bid what you have!
Bidding will end at 8:00 PM EST on December 22
A 30-minute snipe guard will be implemented if necessary

This auction is now over!

purplerosesbeauty
I am bidding 85mil on the auction doe!
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December 19 at 9:00 PM EST
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1. Starlight by Amorpheous
2. Greenery by Amorpheous
3. Woodsmoke by Umbrology
4. Berry branch by Umbrology
5. Peppermint by Chrystali
6. Night sky by Chrystali

This flatsale is now over, congratulations winners!
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December 20

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chrystali 2. amorpheous 3. umbrology 4. amorpheous 5. umbrology

A wealthy cat fancier in Palisade has begun breeding a highly popular strain of longhaired grimalkins; her waiting list for kittens extends well into next year.
But disaster struck a few days before the solstice when a porter left her front door open and several of her best cats escaped onto the streets. Fortunately
for them, there's plenty of milk and cream to be found on people's doorsteps this time of year...

This flaffle is now closed, congratulations winners!

Entries
~Lady Kanna~: 5, 4, 3, 1, 2
Ashtiel Arykosa: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5
Zight: 1, 5, 3, 2, 4
Shady Maru: 4, 5, 3, 2
awkward soliloquy: 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
purplerosesbeauty: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2
musicaloner7: 3, 4, 5, 1, 2
DraconicFeline: 4, 2, 1, 3, 5
Wandering Rae: 5, 1, 3, 2, 4
Ryuukishin: 3, 4, 5, 1, 2
Melancholies: 1, 5, 3, 2, 4
anemosagkelos: 3, 4, 5
Cynnybun: 5, 2, 4, 3, 1
L ii a t h: 5, 3, 2, 1
Yunonia: 5, 3, 4, 2, 1
Nyx Argyros: 4
Daeril-sama: 5, 3, 4
Patmos of Endtimes: 4, 5, 1, 3, 2
Revel1984: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Petite Kitsune: 5, 3, 2, 4, 1
Soldier of Song: 2, 5, 1, 3, 4
Kamileunaire: 1, 5, 2, 4, 3
Ici Chiot: 3, 5, 4, 1, 2
~Twilight...Angel~: 3, 5, 4, 1, 2
grasshopper pie: 5(orange), 4(cream), 1(greybrown), 2(brown), 4(silver/black)
Azael_Rose: 4, 5, 1, 2, 3
Zingling: 4, 3, 5,1, 2
Rohiryn: 2, 1, 4, 3, 5
Capricorn Sunchai: 4, 2, 5, 3, 1
Eauo: 3, 1, 5, 4, 2
Miidnight Melody: 4, 3, 1, 2, 5
Xe-mu-na-su: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1
Sievish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5
iStoleYurVamps: 4, 5, 2, 3, 1
Tisiphone: 2, 1, 4, 5, 3
Syusaki: 2, 5, 3, 4, 1
kurotomato: 4 (silver), 2 (brown), 5 (golden), 3 (squiggly), 1 (tan)
ashes to the wind: 4, 5, 2, 1, 3
Xerianthe: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1
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December 14 - 22

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chrystali

To enter the ad contest, just put our event banner in your signature and then post the second form in-thread each day you are advertising.
Remember, the banner must stay in your signature all day for your participation to count! We'll be checking, so stay honest.

The advertising contest is now over!

Entrants
Wandering Rae: 9
Ashtiel Arykosa: 9
Soldier of Song: 8
grasshopper pie: 8
FitzRoyal: 5
Shady Maru: 9
Ici Chiot: 9
PeanutButterpies: 8
Eauo: 7
Lita Maxwell: 3
LoveByLetters: 2
As Told By Ginger: 3
Daeril-sama: 6
~Twilight...Angel~: 7
Kyrieko: 6
Melancholies: 8
Nyx Argyros: 8
Xe-mu-na-su: 6

When the frost spreads silver on the ground,
When the birds have vanished, southward-bound;
When the wintry forest makes no sound...

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